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GUNS THAT POINT ALWAYS ONE WAY
The use made of.the militia at Lawrence, Mass., is nothing un
usual. In nearly every state in the union, probably in every one,
the same thing has happened, in greater or less degree.
And there is one feature that was noticeable in every instance.
That is that the bayonets of the state soldiers were invariably point
ed at the flesh of human Beings, and in defense of property.
And we hear always the same cold-blooded judicial cry, that
the law must be enforce, that order must be preserved and that
property must be protected.
We don't know how many defenseless men, women and chil
dren must be killed before all of us realize that WE are doing the
killing, when we ought to be protecting and saving human life, but
it does seem somehow or other that the thing is all wrong.
There is war on between capital and labor, between employers
and employes. All of us know that. But the guns and bayonets of
the government, OUR government, seem always to be pointed at
the weaker army.
Of course it isn't right to destroy property. Neither is it right
to destroy life. It isn't right for men to throw bombs, whether the
men wear the garb of workingmen of the uniform of soldiers. It
isn't right to throw bombs by hand, or to-throw them in the form of
bullets from rifles owned by the government.
It isn't right to kill with bombs. It isn't right to kill at all.
That means it isn't right to kill by starvation or disease. Starva
tion is quite as deadly as bullets and bombs. So is disease.
A wave of horror and sympathy swept over the countrywhen
21 lives were blown up with the Los Angeles Times building, and
since the confession of the McNamaras all the machinery of the na
tional government and of several states has been organized in a gen
eral man hunt to drive terror into the hearts of workingmen.
They might go the limit with that and hear little protest, but
we imagine there would be more sympathy with it if the. govern
ment would as .zealously hunt down the employers who annually
murder thousands of men, women and children in their greed for
The steel trust murders hundreds of men yearly, to say noth
ing of the women and children whose souls are murdered through
poverty because of the insufficient wages of husbands and fathers.
Why don't we get as indignant over that?
We accept Carnegie's millions for libraries. Eut we don't think
of the thousands of human beings ground to death in the steel mills